Be it any part of India, our love for food is reflected in the flavors available across the country. From the tangy Pani Puri to the much-loved Indian sweets, Indian street food never fails to amaze us. With a unique taste to every dish, it has everyone drooling over it.
Contrary to perception, these budget-friendly treats available aren’t just for when you need to keep a check on your spends, but also for anyone who is looking at trying some lip-smacking varieties. With so many options available, here is a list to help you choose some of the most amazing street foods that you can relish at under Rs. 50!
From North to West, Chaat is the most loved item on the Indian street food list. This mouthwatering snack mostly made of puffed rice, boiled potato, fried puri and a mélange of spices is easily available in the range of INR 20-50. Due to its popularity, every region has its own variation of it for you to relish no matter where you are.
Native to Bihar, the humble Little Chokha is gaining recognition across the country. Healthy yet delicious, the litti is made of sattu and is served with a chokha made of potato and eggplant. Dripped in melted ghee, this burst of flavours is Bihar’s most famed dish.
The most loved dish of Maharashtra, it is often referred to globally as the “Indian Burger”. Almost synonymous with street food in Mumbai, it is a potato dumpling which is deep-fried and then placed inside a sliced bun with coriander or garlic chutney. For the busy streets of Mumbai, it is the most pocket-friendly street food on the go.
Belonging to the Himalayan region, these dumplings are best enjoyed in the charming weather of the Himalayas. However, its popularity has found a way with street vendors and even national chains coming up with various variations of it. With meat and veg fillings, these are served with a spicy sauce made of red chillies.
Full of flavour, this yummy dish is how localities of Bhopal and Indore start their day. The ideal combination of the sweet and tangy Poha Jalebi fills your stomach and won’t make you crave for anything else.
A popular street food in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, it looks very similar to Vada Pav. However, what differentiates the two is the sweet and sour flavors that are blended in it along with the spicy potato dumpling. It is also easily available and popular in West India.
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A sweet dish that tastes royal, it is the most perfect way to end a meal when in best street food city in India i.e. Hyderabad. With rich ingredients like cream and dry fruits soaked along with fried bread, it is a unique delicacy that will leave you craving for more.
With vendors stationed across streets and even seen roaming on a cycle with this local dish, it is one of the best meals to have in North India. This dish contains a spicy chickpeas curry topped with chopped onions and accompanied with hot kulchas. The occasional Mirch ka salan served on the side makes it taste even better. To get a taste of this lip-smacking dish, spot the big copper matka containing the chole in any local market in north India.
Versatile and easily available, this version of the “Indian bread” can be found in even the smallest streets of India. One can often find paranthawallas serving their own menu of regular and stuffed paranthas. Served with curd and pickle on the side, a stuffed aloo parantha topped with ghee or butter is the most filling and pocket-friendly meal across North India.
With extremely affordable rates and as much as 99 varieties offered by street-side vendors, the humble South Indian dosa has found many variations across the country. From breakfast to dinner, this healthy meal can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
A Tibetian soup cooked with noodles and a burst of spices, it is the most easily available staple in the higher reaches of the North East. From veggies to chicken, anything can supplement the noodles in this steaming dish which can be found for as less as 20 bucks.
While Kolkata is known for a lot of delicious street food, if there was one dish that would be an absolute must-have, then it would surely be egg rolls. The dish is prepared by wrapping a fried egg inside a parantha. It is also stuffed with onion salad and tomato ketchup and ranks very high street food items list. While the original egg roll is most popular, others like chicken, mutton, kebab and paneer rolls are equally relished across the city.
If this list has you salivating already, plan a visit to the local market to taste these unique varieties and get to experience the best dishes from the Indian street food list.
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